Lawrence Wells, MD

Lawrence Wells, MD, is an associate director of the Sports Medicine and Performance Center at CHOP and specializes in treating elite young athletes.

Areas of Expertise: Arthroscopy, Athletic injuries in shoulders, elbows and knees, Pediatric fractures and trauma, Sports Medicine
Locations: Main Campus; Specialty Care, King of Prussia; Specialty Care & Surgery Center, Voorhees; Specialty Care, Virtua
Appointments and Referrals: 1-800-TRY-CHOP

  • Background

    Lawrence Wells, MD, is a graduate of Stanford University and the University of California-San Francisco School of Medicine. He completed his orthopedics surgery residency at the University of California-San Francisco and a fellowship in pediatric orthopedic surgery in Cincinnati, OH.

    In 1990, Dr. Wells joined the Permanente Medical Group in South San Francisco, CA, and worked as a staff physician at the Kaiser South San Francisco facility. Dr. Wells also provided care for children at University of California-San Francisco as an assistant clinical professor of orthopedic surgery. In 1998, Dr. Wells was appointed assistant physician-in-chief at Kaiser South in San Francisco.

    Dr. Wells was recruited to The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia in 2002.

    Dr. Wells’ academic interests include pediatric sports medicine. He has written extensively and lectured nationally about injury recovery and prevention in the pediatric and adolescent athlete. His special interests include arthroscopic surgery for shoulder injuries and major knee ligament injuries (ACL) in pediatric and adolescent athletes with open growth plates.

    Dr. Wells serves as the associate director of Sports Medicine at CHOP and the director of orthopedic ambulatory operations at CHOP's Specialty Care Center in Voorhees, NJ, and is a board member of the Philadelphia Orthopedic Society. He also serves as a departmental safety officer and committees related to patient satisfaction and infection prevention.

    Dr. Wells has published more than 100 peer-reviewed articles and chapters. He is is certified by the American Board of Orthopedic Surgery and holds a certificate of added qualification in orthopedic sports medicine. 

  • Education and Training

    Medical School

    MD - University of California, San Francisco School of Medicine, San Francisco, CA

    Internship

    University of California Hospitals, Department of Surgery, San Francisco, CA

    Residency

    Orthopaedic Surgery - University of California Hospitals, San Francisco, CASan Francisco General Hospital, Veteran's Administration Hospital, San Francisco, CA

    Fellowship

    Pediatric Orthopaedic Surgery - Children's Hospital Medical Center, University of Cincinnati School of Medicine, Cincinnati, OH

    Board Certification

    Orthopaedic Sports Medicine
    Orthopaedic Surgery

  • Titles and Academic Titles

    Attending Surgeon

    Associate Director, Sports Medicine

    Associate Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery, Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania

  • Conditions Treated
  • Centers and Programs
  • Research Interests

    Articular cartilage injury and repair mechanisms
    Avascular necrosis
    Stress fractures in adolescents
    Post-operative pain management in ambulatory surgery patients

     

  • Publications

    Books

    Chapters

    2010

    Wells L, Sehgal K, Dormans JP. Common fractures. In: Kliegman RM, editor. Nelson's textbook of pediatrics. Philadelphia: W.B. Saunders; 2010. ch. 682.

    Wells L, Sehgal K. The knee. In: Kliegman RM, editor. Nelson's textbook of pediatrics. Philadelphia: W.B. Saunders; 2010. ch. 676.

    Wells L, Sehgal K, Dormans JP. Evaluation of child. In: Kliegman RM, editor. Nelson's textbook of pediatrics. Philadelphia: W.B. Saunders; 2010. ch. 672.

    Wells L, Sehgal K. Torsional and angular deformities. In Kliegman RM, editor. Nelson's textbook of pediatrics. Philadelphia: W.B. Saunders; 2010. ch. 674.

    2004

    Wells L. Lower extremity trauma. In: Dormans J, editor. Requisites in pediatrics: pediatric orthopaedics & sports medicine. Philadelphia: Elsevier; 2004.

    2003

    Wells L. Sports medicine knee pain. In: Dormans J, editor. Essentials of pediatric orthopaedics. Philadelphia: Elsevier; 2003. ch. 24.

    1994

    Wells L. A cost analysis of patient controlled analgesia in patients undergoing outpatient rotator cuff surgery. Leroy Abbott Orthopaedic Society Proceedings 25, 1994.

    Abstracts

    2009

    Wells L, Dyke J, Albaugh J, Ganley TJ. Pediatric ACL reconstruction: analysis of hamstring recovery after surgery [abstract]. Proceedings of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgery Annual Meeting; Las Vegas, 2009 Feb; NV. p. 107.

    Goebel J, Abel K, Ganley TJ, Wells L, Winell JJ. ACL injuries in the pediatric population: a report of our center's experience [abstract]. Proceedings of Pediatric Society of North America Annual Meeting; 2009 Apr. p. 89.

    Winell J, Goebel J, Abel K, Ganley T, Wells L. ACL injuries in the pediatric population: a report of our center's experience [abstract]. Proceedings of European Pediatric Orthopaedic Society 2009 Annual Meeting, 2009 Apr; Lisboa, Portugal.

    Flynn JM, Garner MR, Jones KJ, Wolfgruber HC, D'Italia J, Davidson RS, et al. A "walking spica" cast is better than a traditional spica cast for low-energy femur fractures: results of a prospective cohort trial [abstract]. Proceedings of Pediatric Orthopaedic Society of North America 2009 Annual Meeting. 2009, Apr.

    Wells L, Dyke JA, Albaugh J, Ganley TJ. Pediatric anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction: a retrospective analysis of hamstring strength recovery after surgery [abstract]. Proceedings of Pediatric Orthopaedic Society of North America 2009 Annual Meeting. 2009 Apr. p. 203.

    Goebel JA, Abel K, Ganley T, Wells L, Winell JJ. ACL injuries in the pediatric population: a report of our center's experience [abstract]. Proceedings 2009 American Academy of Pediatrics National Conference and Exhibition; 2009 Oct.

    Flynn JM, Garner MR, Jones KJ, Wolfgruber HC, D'Italia J, Davidson RS, et al. A "walking spica" cast is better than a traditional spica cast for low-energy femur fractures: results of a prospective cohort trial proceedings [abstract]. 2009 American Academy of Pediatrics National Conference and Exhibition; 2009 Oct. 

    Park SD, Hsu JE, Rendon NN, Wolfgruber HC, Wells L. The utility of posterior sloping angle in predicting contralateral slipped capital femoral epiphysis [abstract]. Proceedings 2009 American Academy of Pediatrics National Conference and Exhibition. 2009 Oct.

    Papers

    2011

    Namdari S, Ganley TJ, Baldwin K, Rendon SN, Hosalkar H, Nikci V, et al. Fixation of displaced midshaft clavicle fractures in skeletally immature patients. J Pediatr Orthop. 2011 Jul-Aug;31(5):507-11. Cited in PubMed: PMID 21654457. Read the abstract

    2010

    Greenberg E, Wells L. Hip joint capsule disruption in a young female gymnast. J Orthop Sports Phys Ther. 2010 Nov;40(11):761. Cited in PubMed: PMID 21041967. No abstract available

    Park S, Hsu JE, Rendon N, Wolfgruber H, Wells L. The utility of posterior sloping angle in predicting contralateral slipped capital femoral epiphysis. J Pediatr Orthop. 2010 Oct-Nov;30(7):683-9. Cited in PubMed: PMID 20864853. Read the abstract

    2009 

    Wells L, Dyke J, Albaugh J, Ganley TJ. Adolescent anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction: a retrospective analysis of quadriceps strength recovery and return to full activity after surgery. J Pediatric Orthop. 2009 Jul-Aug;29(5):486-9. Cited in PubMed: PMID 19568022. Read the abstract

    Kleposki RW, Wells L, Wilson M, Sehgal K. Rotator cuff injuries in skeletally immature patients: prevention and indications for the orthopaedic nurse. Orthop Nurs. 2009 May-Jun;28(3):134-8; quiz 139-40. Cited in PubMed: PMID 19494761. Read the abstract 

    Cameron D, Wells L. Hemiepiphyseal stapling for treatment of genu valgum: a case report, University of Pennsylvania Orthopaedic Journal. 2009 Apr;19: 27. 

    Posters and Presentations

    2009

    Wells L. Pediatric ACL reconstruction: analysis of hamstring recovery after surgery [presentation]. 2009 American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgery Annual Meeting; 2009 Feb; Las Vegas, NV.

    Wells L. ACL injuries in the pediatric population: a report of our center's experience [presentation]. European Pediatric Orthopaedic Society 28th Annual Meeting; 2009 Apr; Lisboa, Portugal.

    Wells L. Management of osteochondral defects in children [presentation]. National Medical Association 2009 Annual Meeting; 2009 Jul; Las Vegas, NV.

  • Editorial and Academic Positions

    Editorial positions

    2009-present, Reviewer, University of Pennsylvania Orthopaedic Journal
    2009-present, Co-editor, Pediatric section, AAOS Essentials of Musculoskeletal Care
    2009-present, Reviewer, Journal of Children's Orthopaedics
    2007-present, Reviewer, Orthopedics
    2005-present, Reviewer, Society of Critical Care Medicine
    2005-present, Reviewer, Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery
    2005-present, Reviewer, Journal of Pediatric Orthopaedics
    2005-present, Reviewer, Journal of Arthroscopy and Related Research
    2004-present,  Reviewer, Clinical Orthopaedics and Related Research
    2003-present, Reviewer, Annals of Internal Medicine